The Michigan Wolverines may have one of their best offensive linemen on the field this weekend when they hit the road to play at Wisconsin. Jon Runyan Jr. will make his season debut on Saturday against Wisconsin, according to Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner.
“We’ve had two weeks to work him through, so he’ll be ready to go,” Warinner said, according to MLive.com. “Jon will be excited to get some action.”
Runyan is a starting offensive lineman, although Warinner didn’t specifically say Runyan will get the start against the Badgers. However, that would be a safe assumption if Runyan is ready to get back on the field. Warinner did say Runyan will play left tackle. This will help solidify the left side of the offensive line as the Wolverines try to get their offense on track. The new-look Michigan offense hasn’t quite gotten going as hyped heading into the season, although the absence of Runyan is not believed to have been a major reason for the mild offensive struggles.
Runyan had been out for the start of the season due to an undisclosed injury. He was dressed for Michigan’s game against Army, but he was held out as a precaution. Michigan had a bye week last week, allowing more time to get ready for a game that should be quite a battle on the line of scrimmage against Wisconsin this weekend.
Michigan’s offensive line took a pretty serious blow on Saturday with the loss of left tackle Grant Newsome. A knee injury cut his afternoon against Wisconsin short, and now it has been confirmed the injury will bring an end to the 2016 season for Newsome as well.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh announced today Newsome suffered a serious knee injury that will cost him the remainder of the regular season. The right knee injury occurred in the first half against Wisconsin and Harbaugh was reportedly pessimistic about Newsome’s outlook immediately following the game. On Monday, Harbaugh updated the situation by saying Newsome may require surgery.
“It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks for him,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a reminder just how tough the game of football is. What I do know is this, as far as human being character, football character, nobody’s ever come through here with more of it than Grant Newsome. His parents should write a book on raising kids.”
Newsome’s roommate, Jon Runyan Jr. shared his best wishes on Twitter…
Redshirt sophomore Juwann Bushell-Beatty is set to fill in for the injured Newsome.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was tasked with bringing the Michigan family back together when he was hired. Today he seems to be doing that somewhat literally.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr., a four-star tight end recruit out of Buffalo, has decided to join the Wolverines over a surging UCLA program. Wheatley Jr. is the son of former Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley, who has recently been added to the Michigan coaching staff as a running backs coach. The younger Wheatley is the top-rated recruit in New York according to Rivals, and the No. 13 running back in the Class of 2015.
Wheatley Jr. is not the only legacy recruit in Harbaugh’s first recruiting class at Michigan. Offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. out of Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s Prep has also been included in this year’s haul. Runyan Jr. is the son of former Pro Bowl offensive lineman and Wolverine standout Jon Runyan. Michigan has missed on a few big-time recruits today, but Harbaugh is starting to generate some momentum with the recruiting process. As it stands right now, Michigan has five four-star recruits lined up in the Class of 2015 and is awaiting just two more expected letters of intent.
No word on whether Harbaugh will be awaiting a possible future commitment from any player named Tom Brady Jr.
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